The SDSO occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. Equipped with two large telescopes and running a full program of stargazing events throughout the whole year this location is one of the premier stargazing locations in the UK.
Location event organiser
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory organises stargazing events at this location.
Dark sky discovery site
Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.
Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.
Location light pollution
When to stargaze at Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
This location's dark site setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.
Stargazing events at this location
There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 224 events with the last one being on 22nd December 2018 organised by Scottish Dark Sky Observatory.